Position: Gardening Teacher
River Valley Waldorf School is seeking an enthusiastic gardening teacher to work with our first through fifth grades beginning spring/summer 2022. The position requires authentic warmth, good humor, joy, and enthusiasm for working with children. The ideal candidate must also be willing to commit to the ongoing work of diversity, equity, and inclusion and have familiarity or interest in best practices of Waldorf education.
The gardening teacher should be able to work collaboratively with school faculty to schedule and plan developmentally appropriate projects, with an understanding that students within a given class will make progress on their work at varying rates. Both our faculty and parent body are tight-knit, supportive and welcoming; committed to community and diversity.
The ideal candidate for this position has a passion for gardening, has practical experience working with children in an outdoor setting and project based approach, and has knowledge of Waldorf education and biodynamic gardening practices. Candidates with experience teaching gardening or outdoor education and possessing a mastery knowledge of sustainable gardening practices will also be considered.
Ideal candidate will also possess:
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with both children and adults;
Classroom management skills and positive discipline strategies;
A passion for Waldorf education, collaboration and growth;
Ability to self-start and create lesson plans for a range of abilities;
Flexibility and ability to work with a variety of communication styles;
Experience in teaching elementary and middle school students;
An eagerness to collaborate deeply with colleagues and school parents; and
A commitment to ongoing professional development in both Waldorf pedagogy and the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Hours and Compensation
This is a part-time position compensated hourly or as a part-time salaried position depending on the availability of the candidate. Days of work could range from 3-5 days per week. Position could be combined with other positions to become a full-time role.
Start Date & Timeline
Start: April 2022 or Summer 2022
Mandatory Staff Training Week: During August 29-September 2, 2022
School Year: September 6, 2022 – June 16, 2023
Required training obtained during employment may include:
CPR and First Aid
Mandated Reporter Training
Stewards of Children - Darkness to Light
Racial Equity: Anti-bias Training
River Valley Waldorf School is located in Upper Bucks County, Pennsylvania on the hills overlooking the Delaware River. Our property is situated in a serene, rural setting, yet is only 40 minutes from the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area and just over an hour from both New York City and Philadelphia. Housed in a former public elementary school building, our programs include grades one through eight, kindergarten, nursery, and a caretaker/child program. The full Waldorf curriculum currently includes Spanish, handwork, sculptural arts (woodworking & soapstone carving), fine arts, gardening, music, and movement. The River Valley community is tightly-knit, supportive, and welcoming, and the school has recently deepened its commitment to diversity and equity initiatives. The school is a full member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and is accredited by both the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS).
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resumé, and a short biographical sketch.
By email: email@example.com
By mail: River Valley Waldorf School
1395 Bridgeton Hill Road
Upper Black Eddy, PA 18972
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